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Tennis: Dream grand slam debut continues for 15-year-old Kostyuk

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:49pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ukrainian 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk became the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam in over 20 years when she defeated local wildcard Olivia Rogowska at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Tennis: Svitolina struggling with injury after second round win

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:45pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fourth seed Elina Svitolina revealed she had been dealing with injury issues at the Australian Open after successfully negotiating a tricky second round match against Katerina Siniakova on Wednesday.

Tennis: Giant killers Bencic and Zhang tumble back to earth

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:26pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Seed slayers Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuai were brought back down to earth at the Australian Open on Wednesday as they both failed to follow up their first-round exploits.

Tennis: Svitolina sets up clash with 15-year-old compatriot

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 9:37pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fourth seed Elina Svitolina came through a first set wobble to set up a third-round meeting with 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk with a 4-6 6-2 6-1 victory over Katerina Siniakova on Wednesday.

Man United overhaul Spanish pair as Europe's biggest earners

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:41pm
ZURICH (Reuters) - Manchester United enjoyed the biggest revenue of any European club in the last financial year after a 32 percent increase propelled them above Real Madrid and Barcelona, UEFA said in an annual report published on Tuesday.

Handball: Sweden stun hosts Croatia to advance into main round at Euros

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:35pm
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Sweden will carry a maximum four points into the European handball championship main round after a 35-31 win over hosts Croatia who also advanced on Tuesday.

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Biles says doctor sexually abused her

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:47pm
(The Jan. 15 story was refiled to correct the attribution of quote in the last paragraph to Biles, not Douglas)

Victim of ex-USA gymnastics doctor says abuse led to dad's suicide

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:41pm
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - One of the victims of USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting dozens of girls, on Tuesday blamed the disgraced doctor for her father's suicide.

Former McLaren boss Whitmarsh takes on new F1 role

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 2:38pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Former McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is returning to Formula One in a temporary role advising the sport's governing body on cost control measures.

Motor racing: Hamilton misses sponsor event but back on social media

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:42pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton pulled out of his first sponsor engagement of the year on Tuesday but reappeared on social media after wiping his accounts clean over the Christmas break.

Motor racing: Williams pin their hopes on youngest line-up

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 1:02pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Former world champions Williams have put their faith in the youngest and least experienced driver lineup on the Formula One starting grid, and it could come back and bite them.

Canada's Virtue and Moir named flag bearers for Pyeongchang Olympics

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:03pm
TORONTO (Reuters) - Olympic gold medal ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will carry Canada's flag into the opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)announced on Tuesday.

AC Milan's owner says nothing illegal in deal with Berlusconi

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:45am
MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan's president said on Tuesday his purchase of the soccer club from former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi was conducted legally and transparently after a finance police report indicated potentially suspicious elements in the deal.

Boxing: Joshua decries 'fake news' about his chin

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:31am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Anthony Joshua has dismissed as 'fake news' suggestions that he has a weak chin ahead of his world heavyweight unification bout with New Zealander Joseph Parker.

Belgium to mark Merckx anniversary in 2019 Tour start

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 8:16am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium will host the start of the Tour de France in 2019 with two stages paying homage to the country's greatest ever cyclist, Eddy Merckx, on the 50th anniversary of his first victory in the race.

Nadal takes center stage ahead of Kyrgios clash

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 8:13am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal takes center stage on Rod Laver Arena for his Australian Open second round match against Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday but anyone looking for a wild atmosphere would be better off waiting for the last match on Hisense Arena.

Subway-themed sports shoes are just the ticket for Berliners

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:20am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Dozens of sports shoe enthusiasts stormed Adidas stores in Berlin on Tuesday to snatch a pair of shoes launched in collaboration with the public transport network that incorporate the same pattern as the subway's seats, as well as an annual ticket.

Sweden already schooling future Winter Olympians

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:15am
OSTERSUND, Sweden (Reuters) - Next month's Winter Olympics is the immediate focus for Sweden but the country is already training its next generation of winter sports athletes in special high school programs that combine sports and education for ambitious teenagers.

Rigas carries Danish speed skating hopes to Pyeongchang

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:11am
(Reuters) - Denmark's hopes of a first-ever medal in an individual event at the Winter Olympics rest on the shoulders of Elena Rigas, an inline skater who made the transition to ice skating and has qualified for the mass start in South Korea.

Rocking from Scotland to Saudi Arabia, Canada to Qatar

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 7:10am
LONDON (Reuters) - Curling, once a minority pastime played mostly by Scots and Canadians, will sweep onto the ice at next month's Pyeongchang Olympics with the proud boast of being the world's fastest growing winter sport.